Tuesday's Frosty Mug: Brewer News, Links And Notes

August 13, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz (39) talks with starting pitcher Mike Fiers (right) during the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Some things to read while stocking up.

The Brewer road woes continued last night in Denver, as the Brewers fell behind 8-0 early and showed some late signs of life but still lost 9-6 to the Rockies. -JP- has the recap, if you missed it.

The wheels came off the Mike Fiers bandwagon in the early innings last night as he allowed all eight aforementioned runs on nine hits while recording just six outs. The eight runs he allowed were more than he had given up in his previous 62 innings. Mike Vassallo notes that Fiers had pitched nine straight quality starts and came up just short of Cal Eldred's Brewer rookie record ten straight in 1992.

Last night's game was the first the Brewers have played without Jean Segura since calling him up a week ago. Ron Roenicke told Todd Rosiak (linked via Twitter) that it was just a routine off day for Segura, who was also shaken up on a play at the plate on Sunday. Segura, by the way, is now on Twitter.

Other notes from the field:

The series continues tonight at 7:40, and Alex Angert of MLB.com has the preview. Noted leisured gentleman Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs notes that tonight's Randy Wolf/Tyler Chatwood matchup is the MLB.TV free game of the day, and gave it a three out of ten on his NERD scale.

The Brewers were already down 4-0 in the third inning when Mike Fiers came to the plate for the first time last night, but he bunted anyway. Jack Moore of Disciples of Uecker used one of my tweets from yesterday to compare Ron Roenicke to Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver regarding bunt usage. Today, by the way, is Weaver's 82nd birthday.

Mark Rogers is still expected to rejoin the team tomorrow to make his scheduled start following the birth of his first child, but in the meantime the Brewers are making use of his roster spot: They've placed him on the paternity list and recalled infielder Jeff Bianchi to get back to full strength on the bench. Bianchi grounded out in a fifth inning pinch hit appearance last night and is now 0-for-13 on the season. He's expected to be returned to Nashville when Rogers is reactivated.

In the minors:

If you'd like more Brewer coverage today but you're sick of reading, I have a couple of options for you:

If you haven't yet, please take a moment today to vote in our Brew Crew Ball Tracking Poll. The poll will remain open through the day today and results will likely be posted on Thursday.

Finally, congratulations are due out this morning to Cecil Cooper's Love Child, yesterday's winner in our SB Nation Pick 6 contest. Here's the full leaderboard.

Rank Player Points
1 Cecil Cooper's Love Child 63.9
2 Megalomaniac 60.5
3 jllyons 52.7
4 coolig 52.7
5 nthnttn 51.5
6 Saberilliterate 49.7
7 icecreamman 49.5
8 sauveb 49.5
9 Kid19 47.1
10 GoGregGo 46.5

Tonight's action starts at 6:05, so there's still time to make your picks for today.

Around baseball:

Dodgers: Placed infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. on the DL with a hip injury.
Mariners: Are expected to place first baseman Mike Carp on the DL with a hip injury.
Orioles: Acquired reliever J.C. Romero from the Indians for a minor leaguer.
Phillies: Placed outfielder Nate Schierholtz on the DL with a broken big toe.

We discuss excessive bunting a fair amount here. In fact, this is the second time I've brought it up this morning. With that said, it could be worse: Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk notes that Alcides Escobar, who has been batting second for the Royals, has bunted the runner over in each of his last five first inning opportunities.

Elsewhere in former Brewers and Brewer broadcasters:

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks the 41st birthday of 1995-2002 Brewer Mark Loretta. Plunk Everyone notes that Loretta's 71 career HBP are also the second most ever for a player born on August 14. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes that it's also the 49th anniversary of Hank Aaron's second career grand slam off Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale. Drysdale only allowed three slams in his career.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to make some edits.

Drink up.

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